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16th-century, part-thatched village inn

At a glance

Bar menu
Garden
Kids play area

The Estop family have been here for over three decades, landlord Maurice being only the fourth licensee in 170 years. The inn's old-world charm includes inglenook fireplaces and a brick alcove once the farmhouse oven. Real ales include Dorset Jurassic and guests, with draught ciders too. Son and head chef Matthew Estop makes much of locally caught fish and seafood (especially evident on the daily menu) – brill, Dover sole, turbot, skate wings, mussels and crab – as well as local meats, in the restaurant and the carvery. Blue Vinny cheese soup is a popular, long-standing fixture. Don't expect a wine list, because customers can browse for the right bottle in the ‘Wine Shack’.

Opening hours

  • Days closed: Monday (January to February)
  • Opening times: 10–3 6–11 (10–3 5–11 summer)
  • Lunch: all week 12–2.15
  • Dinner: all week 6–9.15 (5–9.15 summer)

Food and drink

  • Set menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • Play area available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Accessibility

  • Accessible toilets

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Wareham take A351 towards Swanage. At Corfe Castle right for Church Knowle. Pub in village centre.

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